Mixed Media on board. 2020
Whether it is the pulmonary component of the Coronavirus or the phrase relating to police violence " I can't breathe!", breath is a poignant and dominant symbol of the time. There is a figure underwater in this work. Is the action voluntarily? Is the experience one of fear, challenge, or perhaps relief? We are all, in a sense "underwater". Quarantine limits access and availability. Sometimes it's hard to know up from down. Visibility may be restricted. Perhaps what is called for is to slow down and B R E A T H E... How is the spread of coronavirus impacting your art practice: Coronavirus has had an impact on my art practice in two ways. The first is outreach. I have a new body of work that is ready to be shown; but is now the time to approach potential venues? Overseas contacts are clearly limited. Existing galleries are cutting back exhibitions. The second, perhaps more complicated effect of the virus on my practice is that is has offered the suggestion that I may want to re consider my audience. The virus has invited me to think in a more communal way, to consider the collective, perhaps to scale down interface to a more intimate level. Are galleries the ideal venue? What if I worked on a smaller scale with the idea of my work being more accessible ? What about collaboration? Would it be interesting to explore the book format? In summary, the coronavirus has provided a platform in which inspiring ideas of adaptation have arisen and for this, I am grateful.